Southern & Jewish

Southern & Jewish celebrates the stories, people, and experiences – past and present – of Jewish life in the American South. Hosted by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, posts come from educators, students, rabbis, parents, artists, and many other “visitors-to and daily-livers-of” the Southern Jewish experience. From road trips to recipes to reflections, we’ll explore a little bit of everything – well, at least all things Southern and/or Jewish. Shalom, y’all!

A Real-Life Cliché

Southern, Jewish, and grateful

What do you do when a prayer… sort of stinks?

As someone who struggles with chronic illness, this prayer has proven extra difficult for me, as it seems to imply that a body that works differently might not be fit to pray before God.

How A Little Pirkei Avot Eased A Little Pandemic Stress

I didn’t grow up hearing much Hebrew or Yiddish. I got the occasional “lay keppy (head)” from my mother when ...

Gabby and The Quest to Find Jewish Characters in Books

Jewish representation in young adult literature is better than ever.

Mississippi is My Valentine

In honor of Valentine's Day, a love letter to the state I call home

What’s Southern and Jewish About Adventure Time?

Remembering Polly Lou Livingston, the iconic voice of Tree Trunks

Jewish Wisdom from Jewish Educators

Judaism has a lot to tell us about how to live a meaningful life—here's some Jewish wisdom that inspires us.

The World is Both Big and Small

Lessons in community from the pandemic year

I’ll Be Home for Hanukkah

A strange holiday season leads to new traditions